Saudi beheads Pakistani heroin smuggler
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 00:10
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani man Tuesday after he was convicted of smuggling a "large amount" of heroin into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

"Salim Shah Sayed Shah, a Pakistani, was accused of smuggling a large amount of the heroin drug into the kingdom," said an interior ministry statement carried by state news agency SPA, adding that he was executed in the holy city of Mecca.

On Sunday, the interior ministry said that the kingdom had arrested 681 people over the past four months allegedly involved in trafficking of drugs worth around USD 460 million.

The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom applies the death penalty for a wide range of offences, including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking as well as murder.

Shah's execution brings the number of beheadings in the kingdom so far this year to 16, according to a tally based on official reports. Human rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia executed 79 people in 2011.


First Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 00:10

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